Reading in a Whole New Way from Smithsonian Magazine

This article in the August 2010 Smithsonian Magazine, Reading in a Whole New Way, provides a good recap of where we are in the age of the screen. If you'd like to read a paper copy you can check out the magazine from the library.


photo credit: Brendan McCabe, SI

This paragraph in the article particularly caught my eye: "Books were good at developing a contemplative mind. Screens encourage more utilitarian thinking. ... Book reading strengthened our analytical skills, encouraging us to pursue an observation all the way down to the footnote. Screen reading encourages rapid pattern-making, associating this idea with another, equipping us to deal with the thousands of new thoughts expressed every day."